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The African-centered paradigm in education shapes the foundation for practices that instill values reflective of a cultural legacy and a collective and spiritual orientation that is consistent with African ways of knowing. With African selfconsciousness as the desired outcome of African-centered education, the ultimate objective is to educate and socialize young people at all grade levels (K–12) who will be empowered and enriched by their connection to their culture and its attendant African identity.

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The African-centered independent school has served as a model of African resistance to Eurocentrism and as a reconstructive force in the education of African American youth. This struggle between full assimilation and resistance is especially prevalent in an educational setting where the clash of values and cultures ...

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